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instructions printed at the bottom of the illustrative example. These instructions are very important, however, and must be not only read but studied carefully.
154. Column 19. Occupation. This question applies to
every person 10 years of age and over who is at
160. If a married woman has a gainful occupation, return
the occupation accordingly, whether she does the work at her home or goes regularly to a place of employment, and whether she is regularly or only occasionally so employed. For example, "milliner,"
"dressmaker,” “nurse," etc. 161. In farming sections, where a farm is found that is
under the management or supervision of a woman as owner or tenant, return the occupation of such woman as “farmer” in all cases.
155. This is a most important question. In reporting
occupations avoid the use of general or indefinite terms which do not indicate the kind of work done. You need not give a person's occupation just as he expresses it. If he can not tell intelligibly what he is, find out what he does, and describe his occupation accordingly. Endeavor to ascertain always the kind of work done, and so state it.
156. Indicate in every case the kind of work done or
character of service rendered. Do not state merely
162. Report a student who supports himself by some
occupation according to the occupation, if more
the store. (See paragraph 219.) 163. Many a person who does not follow any occupation
still has an income. In that case indicate the source of the income. Report a person whose income comes from the rent of lands or buildings as "landlord." Report a person who receives his income, or most of it, from money loaned at interest, or from
stocks, bonds, or other securities, as a "capitalist." 164. Abbreviations.—The space in column 19 is some
what narrow, and it may be necessary to use the
157. Return every person according to his own occupa
tion, not that of his employer. For example,
158. If a person has two occupations, enter the more
important one, that is, the one from which he gets
telegraph Insur. insurance Telph. telephone Merch. merchant
traveling, or traveler Mfg. manufacturing Treas. treasurer
159. Sometimes you will find a person engaged in one
occupation, but claiming a different one. This will be common in certain resorts for invalids. Such persons often take up for the time occupations different from those followed at home. For example, you may find a clergyman canvassing for books or a physician herding cattle. In such a case ask from which occupation the person gets the more money or to which he gives more time during the year.
165. The illustrations given under this head show the
nature of the answers which should be made to this inquiry. They are not intended to cover all occupations, but are merely examples of the answers
Measuring America 174. For a fisherman or oysterman describe the occupa
tion as accurately as possible. Be careful to avoid the return of a fisherman on a vessel as a sailor. If he gains his living by fishing, he should be returned as a "fisherman," and not as a sailor.
Mining and Quarrying 175. Make a careful distinction between a coal miner and
a miner of ores; also between a miner and a quarry
man. State the kind of ore mined or stone quarried. 176. Do not return a proprietor or official of a mining or
quarrying company as a miner or quarryman, but state his business or official position accurately.
177. Specify each profession in detail, according to the
fact, as follows: actor, artist or teacher of art, clergyman, dentist, designer, draftsman, engraver, civil engineer or surveyor, mechanical or mining engineer, government clerk or official, journalist, lawyer, librarian, musician or teacher of music, physician, surgeon, professor (in college or university), teacher (in school), or other pursuits of a professional nature.
the character of the service rendered or kind of
gainful labor. Agricultural Pursuits 166. Do not confuse a farmer with a farm laborer. If a
person works on a farm for a stated wage (in
fixed shares of the product. 167. Do not confuse a day laborer at work for the city,
town, or at odd jobs with a farm laborer at work on
laborer (cement works), etc. 168. Distinguish between a woodchopper at work regu
larly in the woods or forests and an ordinary laborer
flowers, seeds, nursery products, etc. 170. Avoid the confusion of the garden laborer, nursery
laborer, etc., who hires out his services, with the proprietor gardener, florist, nurseryman, etc., who carries on the business himself or employs others
to assist him. 171. Return as a dairyman or dairywoman any person
whose occupation in connection with the farm has to do chiefly with the dairy. Do not confuse such a person with an employee of a butter and cheese or condensed milk factory, who should be separately
returned by some distinctive term. 172. Return a stock herder or stock drover separately
from a stock raiser. 173. Do not include a lumberman, raftsman, log driver,
etc., engaged in hauling or transporting lumber
178. Distinguish between an actor, a theatrical manager,
and a showman.
179. Return a government official, in the service of the
national, state, county, city, or town government,
erwise by his usual trade or profession. 180. Distinguish between a government clerk occupying
a position under the national, state, county, city, or town government and a clerk in an office, store, manufacturing establishment, etc.
181. Return a veterinary surgeon separately from
182. Distinguish a journalist editor, or reporter from an
author or other literary person who does not follow journalism as a distinct profession.
183. Return a chemist, assayer, metallurgist, or other
scientific person by his distinctive title.
Domestic and Personal Service
184. Specify each occupation or kind of service rendered
in detail, according to the fact, as hotel keeper, boarding-house keeper, restaurant keeper, saloon keeper, or bartender; housekeeper, cook, or servant (in hotel, boarding-house, hospital, institution, private family, etc.); barber or hairdresser; janitor,
policeman, or detective. The above are given only as examples of the occupations which would naturally be included under this general class of work.
such, and should not be described simply as a "clerk."
194. Distinguish carefully between a bank clerk in bank,
cashier in bank, or bank official, describing the particular position filled in each case. In no case should a bank cashier be confounded with a cashier in a
store, etc. 195. Distinguish between a foreman and overseer, a
packer and shipper, a porter and helper, and an errand, office, and messenger boy in a store, etc., and state in each case the character of the duties performed by him, as foreman-wholesale wool; packer-crockery; porter-rubber goods; errand
boy-dry goods; messenger boy—telegraph. 196. State the kind of merchant or dealer, as dry goods
merchant, wood and coal dealer, etc. Whenever a single word will express the business carried on, as grocer, it should be used.
186. A clerk in a hotel, restaurant, or saloon should be
so described and carefully distinguished from a bartender. In many instances a bartender will state his occupation as "clerk” in wine store, etc., but the character of the service rendered by such a person will readily determine whether he should be classed as a "bartender," or as a “clerk.”
187. A stationary engineer or fireman should be care
fully distinguished from a locomotive engineer or fireman.
188. A soldier, sailor, or marine enlisted in the service of
the United States should be so returned. Distinguish between an officer and an enlisted man, and for a civilian employee state the kind of service performed by him.
197. In the case of a huckster or peddler also state the
kind of goods sold, as peddler-tinware. 198. Distinguish a traveling salesman from a salesman in
a store, return the former as a "commercial trav
eler,” and state the kind of goods sold by him. 199. Return a boarding or livery stable keeper separately
from a hostler or other stable employee. 200. Distinguish also between an expressman, teamster,
drayman, and carriage and hack driver. 201. A steam railroad employee should be reported
according to the nature of his work, as baggageman, brakeman, conductor, railroad laborer, locomotive engineer, locomotive fireman, switchman, yardman, etc.
Pursuits of Trade and Transportation
189. Distinguish carefully between a real estate agent,
insurance agent, claim agent, or commission agent,
190. If a person combines two or more of these occupa
tions, as is often the case, return the occupation from which he derives the larger share of his income.
202. An official of a railroad, telegraph, express, or
other company should be returned by his title and carefully distinguished from an employee of such company.
191. Return an accountant, bookkeeper, clerk, cashier,
etc., according to his distinctive occupation, and
Return a boatman, canalman, pilot, longshoreman, stevedore, or sailor (on a steam or sailing vessel) according to his distinctive occupation.
204. A telegraph operator, telephone operator, telegraph
lineman, telephone lineman, electric-light man, etc., should be reported according to the nature of the work performed.
Manufacturing and Mechanical Pursuits
192. Do not confound a clerk with a salesman, as is
often done, especially in dry goods stores, grocery
205. In reporting this class of occupations there are
many difficulties in the way of showing the kind of work done rather than the article made or the place worked in. The nature of certain occupations is
descriptive terms without the use of some expression relating to the article made or place in which
the work is carried on. 206. Do not accept "maker” of an article or "works in"
mill, shop, or factory, but strive always to find out
the particular work done. 207. Do not use the words "factory operative," but
specify the kind of work done, as cotton
mill-spinner; silk mill-weaver, etc. 208.
Avoid in all cases the use of the word "mechanic,” and state whether a carpenter, mason, house
painter, machinist, plumber, etc. 209. Do not say "finisher," "molder,” “polisher," etc., but
describe the work done as brass finisher, iron
molder, steel polisher, etc. 210. Distinguish between a person who tends machines
and the unskilled workman or laborer in mills, fac
tories, and workshops. 211. Describe the proprietor of the establishment as a
"manufacturer," and specify the branch of manufacture, as cotton manufacturer, etc. In no case should a manufacturer be returned as a “maker” of any
article. 212. In the case of an apprentice, state the trade to
which apprenticed, as Apprentice-carpenter, etc. 213. Distinguish between a butcher, whose business is
to slaughter cattle, swine, etc., and a provision
dealer, who sells meats. 214. Distinguish also between a glover, hatter, or furrier
who actually makes in his own establishment all or part of the gloves, hats, or furs which he sells, and a person who simply deals in but does not make
these articles. 215. Do not describe a person in a printing office as a
"printer" where a more expressive term can be
used, as compositer, pressman, press feeder, etc. 216. Make the proper distinction between a clock or
watch "maker" and a clock or watch "repairer." Do not apply the word "jeweler” to those who make watches, watch chains, or jewelry in large establish
Distinguish between a cloakmaker, dressmaker, seamstress, tailoress, etc. In the case of a sewingmachine operator, specify the kind of work done.
daughter living at home and assisting only in the household duties without pay (see paragraph 185); nor for a person too old to work, or a child under
10 years of age not at school. 219. The doing of domestic errands or family chores out
of school hours, where a child regularly attends school, is not an occupation. But if a boy or girl, above 10 years of age, is earning money regularly by labor, contributing to the family support, or appreciably assisting in mechanical or agricultural industry, the kind of work performed should be
stated. (See paragraph 162.) 220.
In the case of an inmate of an institution or home,
having a gainful occupation. 221. Column 20.—Months not employed. The object of
this question is to get the number of months (or parts of months) in the census year (June 1, 1899, to May 31, 1900) during which each person having a gainful occupation was not employed. For those who have no gainful occupation, leave the column
blank. 222. The law does not contemplate that this question
shall apply solely to the principal occupation in which the person may have been engaged during the year, but it is the intent to find out the number of months (or parts of months) during which a person ordinarily engaged in gainful labor was not
employed at all. 223. A return is required in columns 19 and 20 for each
and every person 10 years of age and over who
person of school age did not attend school at all during the year, write "O." For all other persons to whom the inquiry is not applicable, leave the column blank.
225. Column 22. Can read.-Write "Yes" for all persons
10 years of age and over who can read any lan-
226. Column 23. Can write.—Write “Yes” for all persons
10 years of age and over who can write any language, and "No" for all other person of that age who can not write in any language. For persons under 10 years, leave the column blank.
227. The inquiries in columns 22 and 23 are intended to
show the literacy of all persons 10 years of age and over, and should be answered according as they are able to read or write the language ordinarily spoken
by them. 228. Column 24. Can speak English.—Write “Yes” for all
persons 10 years of age and over who can speak English, and “No” for all other persons of that age who can not speak English. For persons under 10 years, leave the column blank.
counted as two or more homes instead of one. The family is the basis for all inquiries in columns 25,
26, and 27. 235. A home occupied by a family engaged in farming,
gardening, or any other form of agricultural production includes the land cultivated. If occupied by a family not so engaged, it includes only the dwelling and the ground occupied by it, with the appurte
nances thereto. 236. In case a family resides in a tent or boat, write in
column 27 the word "tent" or "boat." 237. If a family cultivates a farm, but resides in a house
detached from the farm, in a village or elsewhere, the farm and the house must jointly be considered the family home and that home a farm, unless the chief occupation of the person operating the farm is something other than farming. In the latter case,
the house alone is to be regarded as the home. 238. Owned or rented.-A home is to be classed as
"owned" whenever the title, in whole or in part, is
"rented." 239. In case of a farm part of which is owned and part
rented; or in case different members of the same
25 the letter "0."
pies a house upon leased land for which "ground rent" is paid, and the building is owned by any member of the family (not boarder), write "O." Own ership of the building and not the ground, or of the ground and not the building, but the occupant, is
part ownership. 241. If, of two families occupying the same house, one
has an interest in it, and the other not, the home